Spiritual Highlights of Italy – Venice, Florence, Assisi, Alberobello, Rome

  • 10 Days , 2 Countries , 8 Cities
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A 10-day itinerary. With the arrival of the flight in Venice and a departure from Rome, the route is optimized. The tour combines both spirituality and the vision of the pinnacle of Italian Renaissance art. The spirituality of Saint Anthony of Padua, the saints with the stigmata of two different eras: St. Francis and St. Padre Pio, Rome was the center of Christianity and the center of the spread of culture in Europe.
Countries Visited Italy, Vatican City
Places Visited Venice, , Assisi, Loreto, San Giovanni Rotondo, Rome, Vatican City
Suggested Duration 10 days
Travel Styles Christian Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Italy!

    Late afternoon arrival at Marco Polo airport in Venice. Meet Italian tour escort and transfer at hotel in Padua or Mestre for accommodation, dinner, and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Padua - Venice for a full day of excursion

    Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of St. Anthony. Transfer to Venice for a full day of excursion part by boat and on foot in this fascinating town. In the morning a guided tour to visit the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist. Balance the day at leisure for an optional “Gondola ride”, for shopping or to discover the city on your own. Return to the hotel in Padua or Mestre in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 3

    Florence - Admire Florence is one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities of the world

    We drive to reach Florence (150 miles–approx. 3 hours drive) Today’s destination is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities in the world with its rich artistic, historic and spiritual heritage. Florence is the birthplace or chosen home of Dante, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo, We will be treated to a wonderful tour of this Cradle of the Renaissance, allowing us to see many unforgettable sights such as the cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore and the Giotto’s Bell Tower, the bronze “Gate of Paradise, of St. John’s Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the David Michelangelo’s sculpture. Balance the day at leisure to explore additional treasures of Florence and shop on your own. The outdoor Market of San Lorenzo boasts leather products, and the Ponte Vecchio, covered since medieval times with goldsmiths’ shops, is a must for Florence’s other specialty, gold jewelry. Transfer at hotel, dinner, and overnight

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 4

    Assisi - Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli and Basilica of St. Francis

    Depart Florence and travel south to reach Assisi. Upon arrival in Assisi, visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, containing the Porziuncola. The very ancient chapel, venerated for an apparition of angels within it, was originally the property of the Benedictines of Subasio. It was located on a piece of land known as the Portiuncula; this name became attached to the chapel. After a long period of abandonment, it was restored by St. Francis. Here he was given an understanding of his vocation. He founded here the Order of Friars Minor (1209), “establishing here his home”. Transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, the tour includes visits to the Church of St. Clare which houses her incorrupt body. One of the chapels contains the crucifix that ordered St. Francis to “repair God’s Church” Afterwards, your will tour to Basilica of St. Francis built in 1228 to house the Relics of the saint. The “upper “ basilica houses beautiful frescoes of Giotto which represent the life of St. Francis. Mass will be celebrated here at the Basilica of St. Francis Return to the hotel, for dinner, and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 5

    Loreto - Celebrate Mass in the shrine of Santa Rita in Cascia and Visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary’s House Loreto

    Early morning departure, first stops in Cascia to visit the shrine of Santa Rita and celebrate Mass. Then to Loreto to visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary’s House, which arrived from the Holy Land. This precious relic was brought to Italy after the fall of the kingdom of the Crusaders in the Holy Land. Dinner and overnight in Loreto.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 6

    San Giovanni Rotondo - Visit the site of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano

    Depart Loreto towards Lanciano to visit the site of the Eucharistic Miracle. The host that turned to flesh and the wine that turned to visible blood in the 8th century. Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of the Eucharistic Miracle. Late afternoon we arrive in San Giovanni Rotondo. Hotel accommodation, dinner, and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 7

    Rome - Visit the old church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Padre Pio Home

    In the morning we visit the old church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Convent where Padre Pio lived, then the modern Basilica designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, In the crypt the tomb of St. father Pio of Pietrelcina and Mass celebration. In the afternoon depart to Rome (200 miles –5 hours drive). Check-in at hotel, dinner, and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Rome - Explore The Ancient Rome and Its Basilicas

    We greet the new day in a city nicknamed Caput Mundi (Capital of the World) and The Eternal City, not only because Rome has always been the hub of art, education, high culture, and politics in the western world, but because it is also a spiritual capital and a powerful center of pilgrimage. After breakfast, we will walk through the very core of Roman antiquity. We tour Trajan’s market, Nero’s Golden House, Trajan’s Forum and Column, Arch of Constantine, House of Knights of Rhodes. Next, we proceed to the Mamertine Prisons (where St Peter was held prisoner), the Roman Forum (the civic heart of the Roman Republic), the Coliseum. After a free break for lunch, regain our bus for an afternoon tour of the Major Basilicas. The ceiling of the Basilica of St. Mary Major is said to be decorated with gold that Columbus brought back from the new world. We will also visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran which is the oldest of the major basilicas and ranks first as the actual “parish church” of the Pope (Bishop of Rome). There we will learn about the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs). Tradition has it that these steps, said to be the staircase leading once to the praetorium of Pilate at Jerusalem, are sanctified by the footsteps of Jesus Christ during his Passion. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 9

    Rome - Papal Audience and The Vatican Museums

    The day starts with the Audience of the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square (or Paulus VI Hall depending on the season). The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). After breaking for free lunch, continue the day with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums which house what can be described as the most important collections of art in the world. The history and awe surrounding the galleries and all the treasures they contain will truly transfix us. Highlights include The Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel where we will gaze on Michelangelo’s incredible masterpiece. We will also enter St. Peter’s Basilica which has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world and which has been described as the reason Rome is still the center of the civilized world. Tradition and historical evidence hold that St. Peter’s tomb is directly below the altar of this basilica, which American Ralph Waldo Emerson described as an ornament of the earth... the sublime of the beautiful. Next, we will have the chance to marvel at Bernini’s beautiful bronze canopy and Michelangelo’s Blessed Mother holding her crucified son, known as the Pieta. Time permitting, we will visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II, In the evening farewell dinner in a typical Roman restaurant with music. Return to hotel and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Lunch Lunch
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 10

    Departure from Rome Airport

    Transfer to airport, assistance, check in and fly back home.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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What’s Included?

  • 9 nights stay in the 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Half-board (American breakfast and dinner);
  • Farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Rome with music;
  • Deluxe bus for the whole tour
  • Boat RT ticket in Venice;
  • English speaking tour escort for all the tours in Italy
  • Full assistance from our offices in Italy
  • Guided visits with local art historian guides, Venice, Florence; Assisi, and Rome as per program;
  • Wireless audio guides each participant;

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Venice
    • Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of St. Anthony
    • A full day of excursion part by boat and on foot in this fascinating town.
    • Guided tour to visit the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist.
  • Florence
    • Participate in a wonderful tour of this Cradle of Renaissance, allowing us to see many unforgettable sights such as the cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore and Giotto’s Bell Tower, the bronze “Gate of Paradise, of St. John’s Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the David Michelangelo’s sculpture.
  • Assisi
    • Visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, containing the Porziuncola
    • Visit the Church of St. Clare which houses her incorrupt body
    • Join a tour of the Basilica of St. Francis built-in 1228 to house the Relics of the saint. In the “upper “ basilica houses, beautiful frescoes of Giotto represent the life of St. Francis.
  • Cascia / Loreto
    • Visit the shrine of Santa Rita and celebrate Mass.
    • Visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary’s House, which arrived from the Holy Land.
  • Lanciano / San Giovanni Rotondo
    • Visit the site of the Eucharistic Miracle.
    • Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of the Eucharistic Miracle.
    • Visit the old church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Convent where Padre Pio lived.
    • Explore the modern Basilica designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano
    • Crypt the tomb of St. father Pio of Pietrelcina and Mass celebration
  • Ancient Rome / Basilicas
    • Tour Trajan’s market, Nero’s Golden House, Trajan’s Forum and Column, Arch of Constantine, House of Knights of Rhodes.
    • Visit the Mamertine Prisons (where St Peter was held prisoner), the Roman Forum (the civic heart of the Roman Republic), the Coliseum
    • Tour of the Major Basilicas.
    • Visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, which is the oldest of the major basilicas and ranks first as the actual “parish church” of the Pope (Bishop of Rome).
  • Papal Audience/ Vatican Museums
    • Tour to the Audience of the Holy Father in St. Peter’s Square (or Paulus VI Hall depending on the season)
    • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums which house what can be described as the most important collections of art in the world.
      • Highlights include The Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel where you will gaze on Michelangelo’s incredible masterpiece.
    • Get the chance to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, which has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world and which has been described as the reason Rome is still the center of the civilized world.
    • Visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II

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